Flatiron, Chelsea and Midtown
03.12.2017 - 03.12.2017
On Day 3 we didn't have anything scheduled until brunch at 10:30 so we thought we could sleep in a bit but the spring forward time change took a bit of a bite out of those plans. We took a cab to the Flatiron District where our brunch was located and hopped out right by the Flatiron Building - probably one of the most photographed spots in New York. Of course we had to take some shots of the very cool building:
Next up was brunch at Almond. Stephanie and Savannah did a great job of picking these restaurants I must say! This was a great farm-to-table restaurant with a welcoming rustic atmosphere.
The dishes, such as huevos rancheros, salmon benedict, and Antony's Grandma's Tamales were all excellent. This was a nice relaxing meal to start the day. It was hard to leave this comfortable restaurant to go back out to the cold.
We were going to walk down to our next stop, the Chelsea Market, but it was too cold with a bitter wind so we flagged a cab and headed over. The Chelsea Market is an indoor market with lots of varying stalls and stores selling all kinds of prepared and unprepared foods - the best fish market I've seen (I haven't been to Pike Place in Seattle) and all kinds of ethnic foods. It's in the old National Biscuit Company factory and it has lots of nooks and crannies. Interestingly the National Basketball Association has it's world headquarters in the upper levels of the building. A couple of photos:
We decided to take a walk on the Highline, an elevated walkway along the east side of Manhattan on an old railroad track. It's very well conceived and designed but the wind was so cold on this sunny day that we couldn't walk too far. We did make it down to the new Whitney Museum of American Art, which is a very cool post-industrial building. We briefly considered taking it in but they were between major exhibitions so much of the museum was not open. Oh well, maybe next time. Here's what the building looks like:
We've gone this long without one of those New York traditions - shopping. So now it was off to the original Macy's Herald Square, the 8-story anchor to the Macy's chain. We spent a couple hours there, mostly taking it all in. I can only spend so much time looking at three full floors of men's clothes. They did have a Starbucks which is where I ended up while Stephanie and Savannah finished browsing.
Time to move on to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library - a gorgeous NYC landmark.
Lots of beautiful rooms and it could be a museum itself. There was a small Lou Reed display - why not? It's New York. And a wedding party trying to get photographs while being chased around by security guards. Apparently wedding party photographs are frowned upon in the New York Public Library.
Then it was another short hike to another NYC institution - Grand Central Terminal. The architecture in this city is amazing and Grand Central Terminal represents that very well.
We managed to get a picture of the three of us here:
Lots of walking today. It's great the number of things you can see within walking distance of each other in Midtown. Savannah wanted to sample a slice of some good representative New York pizza so we did some Googling and found a highly rated spot in Times Square. So we walked on over through the madness to Patzeria Perfect Pizza. It was a hole in the wall but the pizza slices were outstanding.
Back to the Cambria for a rest - quite a bit of walking today. We were so taken with Eataly that we decided to go to Eataly Flatiron for dinner at their rooftop pop up restaurant called Baita. We had gotten a recommendation about this place from the bartender at the Downtown Eataly.
Most of all it was a beautiful setting, but the food was good too, particularly the shortrib polenta and the salted cod. A couple pictures:
After dinner, downstairs to a little gelato for dessert. We would have gone to the Nutella Bar but it was packed. Yes, a Nutella Bar:
It was still somewhat early so we found a rooftop bar nearby - 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. It has an outdoor rooftop bar but it was a little cold for that. There were some people out there, but it looked like they were freezing. Here's what it looks like:
The view was pretty spectacular but the drinks were overpriced, as you would expect. The view from the inside was pretty good too. Here's the Empire State Building from the window:
After a drink, it was back to the hotel for the evening to rest up for our final day in the city.